Views sought on major South Bristol residential development

Residents are being invited to have their say on a major development in Bristol.

Bellway Strategic Land is inviting residents to have their say on plans to build up to 555 homes on a site next to the Brislington Park and Ride in the south of the city.

The housebuilder is proposing a new neighbourhood, off the A4 Bath Road, which would bring sustainable transport links, investment in the local infrastructure and provide around 190 affordable homes, as well as the opportunity for community-led and self-build homes.

The 38-acre site is allocated for housing in the new Bristol Local Plan, which the city council has recently submitted to the Secretary of State.

Bellway Strategic Land, working closely with Bellway’s South West Division, launched a public consultation process which began on Friday (17 May 2024) and will finish on 14 June 2024.

Fergus Thomas, strategic land director for Bellway, said: “Our plans would see us take a site that was historically used for quarrying and coal mining, and following the remediation of the land, transform it into a brand-new community which will bring a host of benefits to the area.

“We want to know what people think about the plans. Feedback will be used to influence the design of this new community.

“Bristol needs new homes. We are also conscious of the environmental, climate change and ecological issues facing the city.”

People can find out more about the plans on the dedicated project website, where they can also share their views and comment on an interactive map of the area. Comments and questions are also invited via email, phone or post.

Bellway is staging a community drop-in event at Hungerford Community Centre and Social Club, on Hungerford Road, between 3pm and 7pm on Wednesday 5 June. Here people will be able to meet the team, find out more and ask any questions.

Fergus said: “The need for new housing in Bristol is an urgent one, with 19,000 people currently on the city council’s housing waiting list. Due to this heightened demand for housing, the council says that Bristol is the most expensive city to rent in, outside London*.

“Delivering this site earmarked by the council for housing would see us deliver much-needed homes for the private market and provide a significant number of affordable properties. This would allow local people, who cannot afford to buy their own home, to secure a new place to live in the area.

“The new development would be a walkable neighbourhood, with a new community hub and access to the adjoining park-and-ride facility, as well as a network of footpaths and cycleways to help provide routes for pedestrians and cyclists into the city centre.

“There’s a wealth of existing amenities within walking distance, including St Brendan’s Sixth Form College and the Oasis Academy, and high street stores and a gym at nearby Brislington Retail Park, just half a mile away.”

Subject to outline planning approval, Bellway hopes to submit detailed plans regarding the project to Bristol City Council in the summer of 2024 and begin the construction programme in 2025 or 2026.